DeSantis campaign warns that donations to ‘Ready for Ron’ PAC don’t benefit Florida governor’s reelection

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FIRST ON FOX: Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection marketing campaign is warning the Florida Republican’s donors that contributions despatched to “Prepared for Ron,” a lately shaped federal political motion committee, “don’t profit Governor DeSantis or his re-election.”

The letter, obtained by Fox Information and confirmed by DeSantis’ political workforce, highlighted that the brand new PAC “is seemingly partaking in an aggressive media marketing campaign to advertise itself, operating political advertisements, and actively soliciting contributions from supporters of Governor DeSantis.”

However Benjamin Gibson, the DeSantis 2022 reelection marketing campaign authorized counsel, argued within the letter that “in actuality, the PAC is actively taking monetary assets away from Governor DeSantis and his re-election efforts. Whereas probably well-intentioned, these kinds of organizations are inclined to cannibalize help that might usually be supplied to the candidate immediately.” 

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And Gibson reminded donors that “the one approach a supporter of Governor DeSantis can make sure that their contribution will probably be used to help the Governor and/or his agenda is to donate on to the Ron DeSantis for Governor Marketing campaign, or to Associates of Ron DeSantis, the political committee that promotes Governor DeSantis and his conservative insurance policies.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sits down with Fox News Digital for an interview, in Tallahassee, Florida on Feb. 7, 2022.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sits down with Fox Information Digital for an interview, in Tallahassee, Florida on Feb. 7, 2022.
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The title of the letter emphasised that the governor and his marketing campaign are “not affiliated with any federal political entity, nor has Governor DeSantis licensed any federal political exercise to be carried out on his behalf.”

The DeSantis marketing campaign instructed Fox Information the letter was despatched to an preliminary group of key supporters and allies, and individuals who’ve inquired about “Prepared for Ron.”

DeSantis, a former congressman who was narrowly elected governor in 2018, has grow to be a fundraising behemoth as he runs for reelection, hauling in properly over $100 million this cycle and dwarfing the fundraising of the Democrats hoping to problem him in November’s basic election.

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The governor has seen his recognition surge amongst Republican voters in his state and across the nation over the previous two years, thanks largely to his relentless pushback in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic in addition to his aggressive actions within the tradition wars. Whereas DeSantis has repeatedly deflected discuss of a possible run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, pundits view him as a potential White Home contender. 

The Prepared for Ron PAC, which apparently is aiming to draft DeSantis to run for the White Home in 2024, is being led Ed Rollins – the marketing campaign chairman for former President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide reelection who many years later ran the Nice America PAC that supported then-President Donald Trump within the 2020 election – and Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, a Miami appellate legal professional and conservative activist. The 2 teamed to begin the web petition to assemble signatures encouraging DeSantis to announce a 2024 presidential run. 

“We predict DeSantis is a really robust candidate. He would stick with it plenty of the efforts of President Trump’s agenda,” Rollins instructed Fox Information final month.

Rollins stated his committee would function a useful resource for DeSantis supporters hoping the Florida governor finally launches a presidential marketing campaign, and that it might additionally assist put an infrastructure of nationwide help in place.

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The DeSantis marketing campaign, within the letter, famous different varieties “of exercise that purports to be in help of Governor DeSantis, however in actuality, consumes assets that would go to the Marketing campaign,” pointing to on-line merchandisers who promote objects that includes the DeSantis marketing campaign brand and use the governor’s identify or likeness on their objects.

“Whereas this definitely is a sign of the broad, enthusiastic help for Ron DeSantis, it doesn’t immediately profit his Marketing campaign for governor,” the letter states.